Did you know? It has been reported that 60 percent of Americans with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. A lot more people experience noise-induced hearing loss than from aging. Hearing loss cannot just be generalized to just senior citizens. An estimated 30 school children out per 1,000 have some form of hearing loss. Blount Hearing and Speech Services want to help you recognize seven signs of hearing loss at any age.
Understanding the different causes of hearing loss that can experience is important in order to make adjustments. Aged-related hearing loss typically begins with an inability to hear high-pitched noises. Often those who have age-related hearing loss can have difficulty hearing others speak, particularly women and children. One in three people over the age of 65 years will experience age-related hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused from constant exposure to loud noises, such as: music, gunfire, power tools, explosions, and night club music. People who work in loud work environments, such as: construction sites are at a high risk to experience noise-induced hearing loss.
Whether you experience age-related or noise-induced hearing loss there are several common signs of hearing loss.
- Difficulty understanding words, especially if there’s background noise.
- Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly, loudly or to repeat statements.
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Adjusts the volume on the television or radio to higher settings
- Think that others sound muffled or they are mumbling
- Reading lips or become more focused on people’s faces when they speak
- Answers or responds inappropriately in conversations with others.
Some signs of hearing loss will appear very subtle and others will come about very suddenly. Either way, these common signs of hearing loss should be taken seriously.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of hearing loss, the staff at Blount Hearing and Speech Services in Maryville, Tennessee is ready to help you. To learn more about how they can help with your hearing loss or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (865) 982-8557. Let’s get you back in the conversation of life.